DevOps explained: From Theory to Success…

Thursday 9 July 2015

2.00pm - 5.00pm

The Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND | Map


It seems everyone is talking about DevOps these days. Around six years after the term was first coined, practices; both technical and cultural, have evolved considerably. With this level of change, and considerable hype, it’s easy to lose sight of the fundamentals...

The underlying concepts behind DevOps have existed for many years in the computing industry, but only recently has their adoption moved from special-purpose computing into mainstream recognition that their application is a key factor in project success.

BJSS will open the event by delivering an overview of their definition of DevOps and then discussing how applying the principles helps deliver successful projects.
We are then pleased to welcome a Case study presentation from Keith Sterling who is the Head of Software at First Utility who will share his experiences of employing DevOps principles in the workplace, and the challenges they face in doing so...

  • 2.00 Doors open - Refreshments & Networking
  • 2:30 Andrew Norman: BJSS - From Theory to Success.
  • 3.30 Refreshments & Networking
  • 4.00 Keith Sterling: First Utility ‘DevOps’ Case Study.
  • 5:00 Close

Andrew is a one of BJSS's Principal Architects, with over 20 years’ experience of leading small and large development teams on programmes with budgets ranging from limited to generous. He has developed applications for multiple business sectors, including financial, telecommunications, government and military agencies. He has been responsible for the design, development, maintenance and on-going evolution of products and bespoke applications.

Keith is currently the Head of Software Development at First Utility, and has extensive development management experience gained managing teams up to 80 people within programmes in excess of £80+ million budgets. Keith still like to be hands on and as such, is the author of Fitnium an award winning open source tool for automated functional acceptance tests. Keith is a regular nominee and winner at the UK Agile Awards, areas of success include Best Agile Coach, Most Valuable Agile Player (UK), Best Agile Programme/Project Manager, and Best Agile Tool.